God knows

My God knows grief and loss.My God knows pain, hunger, and loneliness.My God knows anger, frustration, and desperation. My God knows the value of friendship. My God knows family struggles.  My God knows joy and laughter. My God knows patience and kindness. My God knows empathy and love. As...

Generosity of Control

I listen to several training and self-development people every week as part of growing my business. Some of the advice in these talks is applicable no matter what you are doing in life. This year has not looked anything like anyone expected, but we each still have a choice....

Homeschool is a Journey, Not a Destination

The past couple of weeks, I’ve been working with other homeschooling mamas to share information about homeschooling with our community. People are searching for answers and alternatives, after dealing with “crisis schooling” and facing possibly more changes for the upcoming school year. Everyone has a story, a unique perspective...

Opinion, Opportunity, and Overcomers

Earlier this week, I did a video with all things I’ve been thinking through the most recent upheaval in the country (embedded at the end of this post). This is a written and expanded version. I believe most people are good and kind, or at the very least “live...

Panoramic Pandemic

How has your life changed in the last few months? I asked this question one day on Facebook and received a myriad of answers. This one post generated more interaction than any other status post I’ve shared (other than pictures or videos). While the specifics varied, the answers held...

True Worship

Today, for the first time since March 15, we worshiped at the church building. However, we never “quit church” or “stopped worshiping.” For a couple of weeks, we worshiped via YouTube from our couch. After that, we started gathering with a group of friends, sharing a time of worship...

The Graduate

While running errands, I listen to the radio in the car. For several months, this usually results in a puddle of tears. A specific handful of songs trigger the grief. This week, it wasn’t a song, but the D.J. talking that caused a wave of emotion. They were talking...

Seven Quick Takes about Rabies, Rainstorms, and Roses

This week’s seven quick takes will be on the lighter side. Part of living well is managing a range of emotions, from serious to silly, from lamenting to laughter. We must pick up where we left off last week, at the Country House.  I mentioned the kittens that were...

Fingerprints

Grief walks beside me daily. Sometimes its presence is quiet, soft, and non-interfering. Other times, it hits me like a tidal wave, pushing me under the current. Sometimes these bigger waves recede, giving me time to breathe before the next one. Other times, the waves threaten to drown me....

Lessons from the Country House

Welcome to another edition of Seven Quick Takes Friday, where we reflect on the past week and share with our friends. Over the last several weeks, we’ve experienced “life interrupted.” Canceled activities, closed formal worship, and limits at the grocery store. At about week three of the “stay at...